Great Value for money retentions all around!!!
They have 4 players, including 3 defenders and 1 raider in their starting 7 retained and UP Yoddha will be the team with the ability to buy the heavy-hitting raiders. Will they break the bank for Pardeep Narwal or Siddharth Desai and set a new record. Or will they buy three formidable raiders as has been their typical strategy to bring breadth in their raiding department also? Historically, UP Yoddha like to build depth in raiding by picking 3-4 consistent raiders instead of any superstars. Shrikant Jadhav and Rishank Devadiga have been the mainstay of the squad with the latter also ably managing captaincy. For the last 3 seasons, Shrikant Jadhav has always delivered bang for a buck (37 Lakhs in PKL6, 68 Lakhs in PKL7 with FBM - he scored 150+ points in both seasons).
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Given that they have a very strong NYP program which has given them their young high-quality defense. Who are the youngsters coach Jaiveer will pick this time? Rohit Tomar who played for UP in the Junior Nationals could be a part of the squad.
All-in-all, UP Yoddha has consistently invested in their youngsters and groomed a young, reliable squad. They will reap the dividends in the upcoming auction.
Purse left : 361 Lakhs for at least 14 players
Retained Players :
1. Right Corner and Captain, Nitesh Kumar (76 tackle points, 37.5 Lakhs)
2. NYP Raider, Surender Gill (77 raid points, 8 Lakhs)
3. NYP Left Corner, Sumit Kumar (76 tackle points, 25 Lakhs)
4. NYP Right Cover, Ashu Singh (41 tackle points, 8 Lakhs)
Likely FBM Candidates :
1. Shrikant Jadhav (152 points)
2. Rishank Devadiga (79 points)